Identify the origins of holiday stress and holiday “blues” Identify ways holiday stress is different from other kinds of stress Understand ways to develop and practice sound attitudes Benefits of the EAP
Origins of Holiday Stress and the Holiday Blues Holiday stress is real and very common Change and Choices Attitudes
Can’t recreate the past Can’t have perfect holidays Letting go of unrealistic fantasiesApplication—One thing I feel today as the holidays are approaching is:
Give yourself permission Common feelings-loss, sadness due to such things as divorce, deaths, separationsApplication—One thing I feel today as the holidays are approaching is:
Invite others to get together Be proactive, not reactiveApplication—One friend or group I could get together with is:
May be too stressful or time-consuming?!Application—One “tradition” I may need to give up is:
Reduce the amount of time you plan to spend with difficult family members. Don’t expect family problems to disappear just because it’s the holiday season. Balance your own needs with your family’s needs Let go of past conflicts, resentments, and learn to forgive.Application—One Positive family member or friend I will spend time with is:
Take quiet times to be rejuvenated Eliminate stressful or unnecessary activities and choresApplication—One activity I can abandon is:
Do something special for yourselfApplication—One thing I will do for myself is:
Go to a place where you can find support and encouragement Do for others, with time, or gifts, volunteerApplication—One activity I will do for _________ is:
Eat, drink, and SPEND in moderation Non-alcoholic drinks More exercise Watch those chocolates Events without foodApplication—One way I will exercise is to _____________ for 10 minutes each day.
Beware of excessive commercialismApplication—I will remind myself of the importance of ________________ this year.
Attitudes-”Why is it that I MUST have?”: (fill in the item, event, tradition, or setting)Application—I’ll probably be a lot happier if I change my attitude about:
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